What better to do on a sunny Saturday than to drive up to Napa for wine tasting with friends? =)  Here’s where we went:

  • Hendry’s Winery
  • Bouchon Bakery
  • Redd Restaurant
  • Vincent Arroyo Winery
  • Chateau Montelna Winery

[1] Hendry’s Winery 

www.yelp.com/biz/hendry-vineyard-and-winery-napa

Sign up for their tour — I hear it’s suppose to be great!  Follow up with wine tasting of 10 different wines at $20/person.  You get full credit towards purchasing wines, so that makes the tasting free!  Experience different flavors and tones to find out what you want in a wine!

Hendry's Winery wine tasting  Hendry's Winery wine tasting

Hendry's Winery wine tasting

Hendry's Winery wine tasting

Beautiful blue skies!

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An amazing background!

Hendry's Winery wine tasting

There was an old house nearby:

Hendry's Winery wine tasting

Doesn’t this look great for a Prius ad? =)

Hendry's Winery wine tasting Hendry's Winery wine tasting


[2] Bouchon Bakery

www.yelp.com/biz/bouchon-bakery-yountville

Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Restaurant & Bakery.  No need for introductions!

Thomas Keller's Bouchon, Yountville

After the bakery burned down last year, it seems fully functional now:

inside view of Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bakery, Yountville

Chocolate & Lemon tart:

Chocolate & Lemon tart from Bouchon Bakery, Yountville

Lemon tart  from Bouchon Bakery, Yountville

Balanced tart/lemon flavors, but Tartine’s version is still my favorite! =)

Lemon tart insides from Bouchon Bakery, Yountville

Banana & Hazelnut macaron:

Banana & Hazelnut macaron from Bouchon Bakery, Yountville

Bouchon’s banana macaron is seasonal, and a first for me.  Amazingly good and true to the taste — the banana paste filling was very balanced and comfortable.  I’ve never tried anything like it.

  Banana macaron from Bouchon Bakery, Yountville Banana macaron insides from Bouchon Bakery, Yountville

Almond croissant:

Almond croissant from Bouchon Bakery, Yountville

[3] Redd Restaurant

www.yelp.com/biz/redd-yountville

An American (and somewhat fusion) restaurant located in Yountville (alongside French Laundry, Ad Hoc & Bouchon).  Simple modern interior.  Prices are reasonable at ~$25 for lunch entrees.

Crisp duck confit, lentils, foie gras meatballs, crispy spaetzle:

Since I had missed my chance last year when I was in France, I had to order this dish….Well, I have to say, it was tender and moist with a crispy top!  So heavenly and yummy!  Definitely the highlight of the meal!

Duck confit (French: confit de canard) is a French dish made with the leg of the duck. While it is made across France, it is seen as a speciality of Gascony. The confit is prepared in a centuries-old process of preservation that consists of salt curing a piece of meat (generally goose, duck, or pork) and then poaching it in its own fat.

Redd Restaurant, Yountville - Crisp duck confit, lentils, foie gras meatballs, crispy spaetzle Redd Restaurant, Yountville - Crisp duck confit, lentils, foie gras meatballs, crispy spaetzle

Caramelized diver scallops, cauliflower puree, almonds, balsamic reduction:

Redd Restaurant, Yountville - Caramelized diver scallops, cauliflower puree, almonds, balsamic reduction

Petrale sole, creamy jasmine rice, cleams, chorizo, saffron curry nage

Redd Restaurant, Yountville - Petrale sole, creamy jasmine rice, cleams, chorizo, saffron curry nage

Redd’s desserts: The desserts from Redd were mediocre, I would rather hit Bouchon Bakery.

Redd Restaurant, Yountville -  Donut balls with sorbet

Redd Restaurant, Yountville - Apple dessert

 

[4] Vincent Arroyo Winery

www.yelp.com/biz/vincent-arroyo-winery-calistoga

Even though their barrel tasting ended by the time we got there, we took some fun pictures with the barrel chairs!

Vincent Arroyo Winery Vincent Arroyo Winery

Vincent Arroyo Winery Vincent Arroyo Winery

Vincent Arroyo Winery

[5] Chateau Montelena Winery

www.yelp.com/biz/chateau-montelena-winery-calistoga

There were only 3 wines to taste here! =(  Oh well, at least there is great scenery!

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Hungry Cactus’ Verdict: A

Napa is just so fun and satisfying to visit!!!  The food, wine & scenery makes for the perfect weekend getaway with friends! =)

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